I’ve been looking forward to reviewing Dialogue’s Flybook V5i Tablet PC ever since our first look at it during CES. When iCube.us generously offered to send us a review unit a couple of weeks ago, we jumped all over it. Kudos to iCube.us for reaching out to us so we could bring you this video review.
As an ultra-portable device, the Flybook V5i really shines. It is small, fast, light, and has integrated broadband support. With a Core Duo 1.2 ghz processor and 1gb of ram, the V5i should be plenty fast for those needing an ultra-portable solution. However, I was disappointed with how the V5i operated as a Tablet PC. With no hardware buttons on the screen and no palm-rejection technology, using this device in tablet mode is confining. In addition, the innovative mouse and trackstick placement is not productive for those needing to do even a little bit of keyboarding due to the constant hand motion.
Here is a quick rundown on what I covered in the InkShow review:
Review of the specs, Experience Index, and Crystal Mark score
General tour of the V5i and how it is designed to be used
A demo of the camera
A demo of typing on the V5i, along with a size comparison to the Stowaway keyboard
A demo of Dialogue’s well designed Control Center
A look at the case and strap
How the V5i stacks up as a Tablet PC
Machine specs (as reviewed):
- Genuine Windows ® VistaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ Business
- Display: 8.9″ 1024 x 600 display, wide aspect ratio
- Hard drive – 60gb 4200 RPM
- Processor: Core Duo 1.2 ghz (U2500)
- Memory: 1gb, 2gb max
- Wireless: 802.11b/g, plus integrated HSDPA via sim slot
- Battery: About 3 – 4 hours
- Multimedia: Built in 1.3 megapixel web camera
- Security: Built-in fingerprint reader and software
- Weight: 2.65 lbs
- Colors: The Flybook V5 is available in four color casings: black, silver, red, or yellow.
Prices start at $2,769
Note: I made a mistake in the video by calling one of the mouse buttons a minimize button. It is a middle scroll button.
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